My List of Best Read Books for 2016!

Hello Ladies and Gents! It’s another year and by God’s grace I’m looking forward to bigger and greater things this year! I’m kinda disappointed in my list of books I read in 2016. I think 2016 was  a very strange year for me in more ways than one. I usually finish my Goodreads challenge before the year is out but not last year unfortunately. Hopefully this year I can do way better than last year. So without further ado, here’s my list of the best books I read in 2016. I had planned to read 80 books in 2016 but only finished 18 books. It’s a far cry I know. lol. I’m very positive about this year though. Hopefully I’ll have my post up soon about the books I’m looking forward to reading in 2017. See y’all soon. Peace! 🙂

 
The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions and the Incredible Rescue of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus

Calico Spy (Undercover Ladies #3)

Counted With the Stars (Out from Egypt, #1)

Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace

Sarah My Beloved (Little Hickman Creek #2)

Shadow of the Storm (Out From Egypt, #2)

Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom, #2)

The Prayers of Jane Austen

Land of Silence

 

Shadow of the Storm~Connilyn Cossette

Shadow of the Storm (Out From Egypt, #2)

~Synopsis~

In the Depth of the Storm’s Shadow, Only Truth Can Light Her Way

Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira’s gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart’s calling to become an apprentice midwife.

When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira’s people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she’s denied herself and embrace who she truly is?

~Review~

Wow! Just wow! I’m really loving this author’s writing! Being a debut author, her first book was a smashing first book with all the works. I’m so surprised and awed that her second book,”Shadow of the Storm” was just out of the ballpark!
To be honest, I had given up on Biblical fiction for a while now because a lot of novels in the Biblical fiction genre just really didn’t stand out.
Shadow of the Storm took me on an incredible and exciting journey. It kept me up all hours of the night until I had devoured every last page.
I thought that the main character Shira was a well thought out character. I loved the journey that the author provided concerning the main character because I as a reader felt the joy and sadness of her life story in every page.
I thought that the novel was really thought out. It also gave some insight into what the Bible meant that it was a mixed multitude that came out of Egypt . This novel is a wonderful mixture of faith,drama and romance rolled into one spectacular novel. I highly recommend this novel!

“I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.”

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Books I’m looking forward to reading!

Hello all! This is a list of books on my ever growing TBR list that I can’t wait to read. Enjoy! What books are you looking forward to reading? 🙂

Slender Reeds: Jochebed's HopeShadow of the Storm (Out From Egypt, #2)Can't Help FallingDawn of LibertyNewton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing GraceFor the Record

To the Farthest ShoresThe Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Tales from Ivy Hill, #1)

The Ringmaster's WifeA Portrait of Emily PriceA Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey, #3)

What I’m reading plus my recent book haul!!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let everyone know the exciting news! I know,know, not very big news but I recently went on a pretty big book haul which I would consider big cause I’m usually big on buying and finding great deals on e-books. I still love having a real book in my hands. So here it goes…..

 

Here’s what I’m currently reading,

A Dream of Miracles (The Amish Wonders #3)From This MomentRoom for Hope

With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone AwryThe Prophetess: Deborah's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land, #2)Playing the Part (A Class of Their Own #3)

 

 

Books from my Big Book Haul for this month!

Mist of Midnight (Daughters of Hampshire, #1)Words Spoken TruePrelude for a Lord (The Gentlemen Quartet #1)

Nowhere to Turn (Hidden Identity, #2)Love on Assignment (Ladies of Summerhill, #2)Veiled Rose (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #2)Full Steam AheadLand of Silence

So some of these books I’ve already read but I remember loving them so much that I wanted to add them to my already overflowing collection. In my opinion, I can never have too many books. 🙂 So what books have you been reading or want to read? 🙂

The Crimson Cord~Jill Eileen Smith~

The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land #1)

~Synopsis~

Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution by Dabir, counselor to the Syrian king, Rahab despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime. In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

                                       *My Review*

The Crimson Cord:Rahab’s Story-Jill Eileen Smith

Ever since I read Tessa Afshar’s book, Pearl in the Sand which was based on the life of Rahab I have been looking forward to reading Biblical fiction novels based on Rahab.
So as far as concerning this novel, I was pretty drawn into the story at first. It was interesting enough and I pretty much got through half of the book before I just felt that the book was kinda drawn out.

As the story went along, I felt that most of the characters were one-dimensional and nothing about the story really stood out to me. I felt that the novel needed more and the characters needed to have that extraordinary something to really stand out. The book cover is beautifully done.
All in all, the story was ok but not a book that I wouldn’t want to revisit anytime soon.

(3 stars)

*I received a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers all opinions expressed are my own.*

 

 

Counted with the Stars~Connilyn Cossette~

Counted With the Stars (Out from Egypt, #1)

~Synopsis~

A Story of Love, Desperation, and Hope During a Great Biblical Epoch

Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all.

To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus. She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she’s only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she’s ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh?

 

 

                             ~ My Review~

Counted with the Stars~Connilyn Cossette~

Can I just say wow!! Just WOW!! This book was incredibly awesome and well written. It was a powerful and moving book for a debut author.
Counted with the Stars was filled with adventure,love and romance all combinations of which I LOVE to see in any novel that I read. I was throughly engrossed which is kinda hard for me these days because I stay busy. I really,really, enjoy when a book can pull me from reality into a blissful peaceful world of imagination.
It was amazing to read about the different characters in this novel. I especially love how the author gave the main character such a unique background story.

The author also gave a glimpse into what life would’ve been like during the days of Moses and ancient Egypt.
It was quite extraordinary to see how the plagues disrupted everything in a normal day in ancient Egypt. Also in the book like the Bible it illustrates how that each and every one of the plagues had a direct hit on all the gods of Egypt so that God could prove that He was the ONLY living TRUE GOD.
The romance in this book was very heart-felt and I did have a wow moment because it was so GOOD!
I literally didn’t want this novel to end. This may be one of the best books in Biblical fiction this year. I guess I’ll have to see because I’m pretty behind in my reading.
I absolutely enjoyed this story! it was heartfelt and unique in its own way. I can’t wait to read whatever else this author has in store. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I love the book cover. It’s so beautiful! (4.5 stars)

~The Author: Connilyn Cossette~

Connilyn Cossette

*I received a free copy of this book through Bethany House Publishers. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

COMING SOON FROM CONNILYN COSSETTE!

Shadow of the Storm (Out From Egypt, #2)

In the Depth of the Storm’s Shadow, Only Truth Can Light Her Way

Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira’s gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart’s calling to become an apprentice midwife.

When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira’s people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she’s denied herself and embrace who she truly is?

RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 18,2016

I can’t wait!

~My Top 20+ Picks for 2014~Books,Food,and Movies!~HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Hi Everyone!! Happy New Year! I know I was supposed to do this like last year but…. It didn’t happen that way! Better late than never!  I hope you enjoy it all the same. I’m proud of myself because I did read a lot of books from my  ever growing To Be Read list. I’m Happy! I had actually set a goal on Goodreads to read 40 books thinking I wouldn’t have time but I actually read over a 100 books. That’s an accomplishment to me!  Hopefully I try to keep you updated on the books I look forward to reading for 2015! Enjoy! 🙂

Oh yeah! I got a Kindle for Christmas so I’m looking forward to reading a whole lot more books! If anyone can tell me where I can find free ebooks or discounted ebooks either Christian fiction or Classics. PLEASE LET ME KNOW!! Thank you kindly! 🙂

 

  ~Christian Fiction Historical~

A Beauty So Rare (Belmont Mansion, #2)

A Beauty So Rare~Tamera Alexander -5 stars

~”This book was AWESOME! Her best yet!”~

Beyond All Dreams

~Beyond All Dreams~Elizabeth Camden~ 5 stars

“I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to read a book by Elizabeth Camden before the year was out.  I’m so glad that I got to read this wonderful story! I devoured this book prettily quickly. I don’t regret a thing about reading this book! LOVED it!”

The Governess of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides, #1)

~The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky~ 5 stars

A Match Made in Texas

A Match Made in Texas by Karen Witemeyer,et al~5 stars

A Memory Between Us (Wings of Glory, #2)

~A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin~ 5 stars~

Sarah Sundin has became one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy her writing. It’s fresh and very creative.

For Such a Time

For Such a Time by Kate Breslin~5 stars~

Kate Breslin is a new author with so much potential and talent. I’m  looking forward to reading more from her.

Under a Blackberry Moon (Michigan Northwoods, #3)

Under a Blackberry Moon by Serena Miller~5 stars

Wow! This was so good! If you haven’t read it, you should. Need I say more? lol!

Dawn's Prelude (Song of Alaska, #1)

~Dawn’s Prelude by Tracie Peterson~5 stars

While Love Stirs (The Gregory Sisters, #2)

While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad~ 4 stars~

 

 

 

Glittering Promises (Grand Tour, #3)

    Glittering Promises by Lisa Bergren~4 stars

Love in Disguise

Love in Disguise by Carol Cox~4 stars

Love Comes Calling

Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell~4 stars

A Bride for Keeps (Unexpected Brides, #1)

A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears~4 stars

The Husband Campaign (The Master Matchmakers, #3)                                                          The Husband Campaign by Regina Scott- 4 stars~

Gunpowder Tea (The Brides of Last Chance Ranch, #3)

  Gunpowder Tea by Maragaret Brownley~4 stars

Caught in the Middle (Ladies of Caldwell County, #3)

Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings~ 4 stars~

This was AWESOME!!!

Blue Skies Tomorrow (Wings of Glory #3)

Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin~5 stars~

City of Angels (Shannon Saga, #1)

      City of Angels by Tracie Peterson~4 stars

The Quarryman's Bride (Land of Shining Water, #2)

  The Quarryman’s Bride by Tracie Peterson~4 stars~

A Distant Melody  (Wings of Glory, #1)

     A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin~ 4 stars~

The Miner's Lady (Land of Shining Water #3)

~The Miner’s Lady by Tracie Peterson~ 4 stars

Sarah Plain And Tall                                                                  Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia Maclachlan~5 stars

Fireflies in December

Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent~4 stars~

Now the books below are considered to be timeless classics that are worth reading over and over again!

The Lady of Bolton HillAbove All Earthly Powers (Songs in the Night Series, Book 3)His Watchful EyeThe Maid of Fairbourne HallHearts Awakening (Hearts Along The River #1)Where Willows Grow (Heart of the Prairie #10)Love Comes Softly (Love Comes Softly, #1)

 

                                                                  Regency Era Fiction/Jane Austen Inspired Fiction

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen~ 5 stars

I loved re-reading this and I think I fell in love with this book all over again. This book is the reason why I LOVE reading Jane Austen!

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

  The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen~4 stars

 

Tree of Life Charlotte & the Colonel: A Pride & Prejudice Companion Story                                                                        Tree of Life by Ginger Monette~ 5 stars~

This book was my first Jane Austen variation and I was not disappointed! I LOVED it!

The Apothecary's Daughter                                                     The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen~ 5 stars~

      (Click the Book to read the review!)

Moonlight Masquerade (London Encounters #1)

         Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell~4 stars~

An Heiress at Heart (Love's Grace, #1)

An Heiress at Heart by Jennifer Delemere~ 4 stars~

Edenbrooke                                                           Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson~5 stars~

“This book was better than when I first read it! How is that possible?”

A Talent for Trouble (Ladies of Distinction, #3)

A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano~5 stars~

“I loved reading this book! It was excellent! Jen Turano has become another one of my favorites. I can’t wait to read more from her.”

The Headmistress of Rosemere (Whispers on the Moors, #2)

The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd~4 stars

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen~5 stars

Jane Austen Ruined My Life

Jane Austen Ruined my Life by Beth Patillo~3 stars~

A Most Peculiar Circumstance (Ladies of Distinction, #2)

A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano~4 stars~

 

                                  Amish/Quaker Fiction (click the books to read the  reviews!)

Woman of CourageA Miracle of Hope (The Amish Wonders, #1)

 

                             

 

                                                                                Contemporary Fiction

How a Star Falls

  How a Star Falls by Amber Stokes~5 stars~

One of the best novellas I read in a long while!!

Shattered (Alaskan Courage, #2)

Shattered by Dani Pettrey~ 5 stars~

Fatal Judgment (Guardians of Justice, #1)

Fatal Judgement by Irene Hannon~ 4 stars~

Eyes Wide Open (The Outlaw Chronicles, #1)

Eyes Wide Open by Ted Dekker~4 stars~

Wow! This book really shows how talented Ted Dekker really is! You should read if you   haven’t. It was pretty mind-blowing! AWESOME!

Once Upon a Prince (Royal Wedding, #1)

Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck~ 4 stars

This was a pretty good read! I enjoyed it also because I love everything that has to do with the monarchy like William and Kate. Etc. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

If the Shoe Fits

    If a Shoe Fits by Sandra Bricker~ 5 stars~

Made to Last (Where Love Begins, #1)

Made to Last by Melissa Tagg~ 4 stars~

Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1)

Submerged by Dani Pettrey~ 4 stars~

Injustice For All (Justice Seekers, #1)

Injustice for All by Robin Caroll~ 4 stars~

The Atonement Child

The Atonment Child by Francine Rivers~4 stars

   

                                                                    ~Best in Biblical Fiction for 2014~

 

In the Field of GraceIn the Shadow of Jezebel (Treasure of His Love)Daughter of DeliveranceHarvest of Rubies (Harvest of Rubies, #1)Abraham & Sarah by Roberta Kells Dorr

 

 

                                   ~Fantasy Fiction~

 

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)

The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)

 

~ Other Random Reads that I found quite enjoyable and inspiring~

Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind

Zoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for FreedomJane EyreSeven Daughters and Seven Sons

 

Uprising: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother's DaughterMiss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen: Faith, Family, and Food--Bringing Our Home to Your TableMy StoryTreat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today)

 

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FOOD!!!! YUM!!

I’m always happy when I discover a new food or a new way that food is presented!

 

Best Food #1 – Everybody scream ice cream!! Wow! I didn’t know I would really LOVE ice cream as much as I did when I tasted the “QT(Quick Trip) Ice Cream”. It was so fresh, light, and sooo good. It was really a treat. It was vanilla flavored by the way. Me and chocolate has never got along and I would rather prefer vanilla or strawberry.

Best Food # 2– My Grandmother’s So Delicious Recipe. “Sausage Rigatoni”. It’s kinda hard to describe it but I know the main ingredients were Spaghetti Sauce, Rigatoni Pasta, and Sausage, and maybe cheese. I need to ask her about it but it was so GOOD that I daydreamed about it for days on end. It think it maybe was letting the sausage marinate along with the pasta sauce that gave it that extra kick. It was SO good! YUM!!

Best Food# 3– I could have never imagined that Chocolate Chips could get along well inside a Pecan Pie! I had never heard of a “Chocolate Pecan Pie” It was a splendidly well together match. I just savored it again and again. Yum! With each bite I knew I was slowly but surely falling in love! I wouldn’t mind having some right now! 😉

 

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Best Movies that I watched in 2014!

I’ve enjoyed some really great movies and I hope I have included them all this list. Hopefully I will. There were so many movies that warmed me and such gave me a fuzzy feeling of having watched something worthwhile! *Sigh*

Loving Leah
Maleficent

Great new #Maleficent poster and twitter handle revealed! Be sure to follow along, some very big news is coming soon!
Belle
Frozen
One Hundred Foot Journey
Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks
Jane Eyre
The Phantom of the Opera
Just Desserts
Death Comes to Pemberley
The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) -   Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon -   Leslie is the ultimate romantic hero
The Three Musketeers
The Avengers
Mansfield Park
The Woman in White
God’s Not Dead
The Shop Around the Corner
Remember Sunday
When Calls the Heart(movie)
When Calls the Heart(series)
Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace
How to Fall in Love(Hallmark Movie)
Lord of the Rings

The Avengers (2012) Poster
A Very Merry Mix Up
Cranford
Return to Crandford
Finding Neverland
Jodhaa Akbar
The Count of Monte Cristo
Man of Steel
Man of Steel Promo Poster

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post! Hopefully I’ll be able to post more posts in the upcoming year expressing my love for God and books. Also my Reading Goals for 2015 and my most anticipated reads for this year! Happy New Year to you all!! May you be blessed with Hope,Peace and more abundant blessings this year. May you prosper in everything you do! 🙂

Happy Reading Y’all!!!

 

~Virginia~